Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

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Health Care

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Intimate Partner Violence Starts Early and Continues Throughout the Lifespan. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a public health issue that has long lasting negative physical, mental, reproductive and behavioral health consequences for victims and children who are exposed to it. Most major-medical organizations including, The US Department of Health and Human Services, recommend screening for IPV. Health care professionals may increase victim safety and reduce further harm by learning about IPV, screening for IPV, demonstrating confidence when talking to patients about IPV and referring patients experiencing IPV to IPV service providers for safety planning, support, advocacy and shelter. Research demonstrates that patients that talk to their health care provider about IPV are more likely to seek help than those that do not.

Recognizing and Responding to IPV in Health Care Settings

Health Consequences of IPV on Victims

Health Consequence of Childhood Exposure to IPV
Healthcare Laws in NYS
OPDV/Healthcare Publications
Trainings for Healthcare Professionals
Additional Resources